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Visualizing Plot Structure

A few weeks ago, my agent asked me to do one final pass on my verse novel for pacing. Make sure I wasn’t focusing on one emotion or idea for too many poems and that I kept the action moving. 2,027 more words


How to Write Unexpected Story Events - Helping Writers Become Authors

Having your characters do things that are unexpected things can work really well—if you do it right.

Want to write stories readers will find unexpected and that will delight them with the realism of your plot twists? 16 more words


Plank returns to Cheapside

Occasionally – and usually unexpectedly – you get days when everything seems to go right, and yesterday was one of those.  First I met my “map man”, and things are moving on, albeit in an unhurried fashion.  253 more words

Today's Theme Music

The big questions arise. Didn’t we just do this? Didn’t that just happen? Didn’t we learn anything? I feel like we’re going around in circles. Sing it with Billy Preston –  6 more words


Writing Wednesday: Off Week

This is definitely going to be a lower word count week for me. I’ve been fighting off a cold/sinus crud since this past weekend. So, I’ve been taking it a little easier this week. 912 more words


Plan Your Antagonist First

People read fiction to escape reality in pseudo-reality. They want to immerse themselves in the protagonist’s adventures, marvel at his derring-do, and cheer as he overcomes the obstacles in his way and attains his goal. 812 more words

Science Fiction

UPDATE: TVTropes Saved Me

Like most writers, I’m in a constant state of worry that my writing is a five-alarm dumpster fire, even though I’m probably pretty good. I have over 5,000 words trimmed so far, reducing my total word count to 102,190 with only the first major story arc completed. 271 more words